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Nurses caring for children and families : stress, hardiness and burnout. Wilkinson, Sara Amy


Pediatric nurses’ exposure to the suffering of young patients and their families, in addition to high workloads and other workplace stressors, can cause stress and lead to burnout. Burnout is a major cause of nursing staff turnover and this is a serious problem in the face of staff shortages. There has been abundant research on the extrinsic variables leading to burnout in nurses, but very little research has been done on intrinsic variables that can moderate the effects of this stress, such as the personality characteristic of hardiness. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between job stressors, hardiness, and burnout among pediatric nurses, and to test whether hardiness moderates the effect of job stressors on burnout.

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